Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, who holds a First Degree Black Belt in the Korean art of Choi Kwang Do, first provided a therapeutic martial arts program at Camp Simcha, where he served as the Director from 1990 to 2002. Having lost his first child to leukemia at the age of 2 years, Rabbi Goldberg brings a wealth of personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness. His commitment to ease the pain of very sick children and his dream of bringing healing through the empowering focus of the martial arts resulted in the creation of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization in June, 1999. Rabbi Goldberg, was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader's Award (2004) and the McCarty Cancer Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award (2004). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Rabbi Goldberg received his BA from Yeshiva University, summa cum laude. Ordination and graduate training were also at Yeshiva University.
Dr. Bluth received his Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn in 1997 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1999. He is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology/Laboratory Medicine and in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. Dr Bluth is currently Professor of Pathology and Director of Translational Research at Wayne State School of Medicine and Director of the Transfusion Service at Children's Hospital of Michigan, an affiliate of the Detroit Medical Center Hospital system in Detroit Michigan, USA. He has over 25 years experience in the martial arts (karate, kenpo, weaponry, tai-chi, chi-gung) and holds the rank of Sho Dan (Black Belt). He has co-authored over 200 manuscripts, book chapters, presentations and manuscripts and been the recipient of numerous awards in medical research, entrepreneurship and industry.
Marc has been with Kids Kicking Cancer for over 10 years in various administrative positions. He is currently Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all day-to-day business operations of Kids Kicking Cancer. Under Marc’s direction as CFO, Kids Kicking Cancer has had four straight years of year-over-year growth as well as having a continuously balanced budget. Marc holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Marc and his wife Miriam live in Oak Park, MI with their six children.
Cindy Cohen is the Program Director of Kids Kicking Cancer, and has been with the organization since 2004. She holds a Master’s in Child Life from Wheelock College in Boston, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management/Leadership from Lawrence Tech University, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Michigan. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist, directed a hospital Child Life program for 18 years, and worked in pediatric healthcare for over 30 years, helping children and families understand/cope with illness, hospitalization and loss. Cindy is also the co-author of three books to help children cope with parental illness or death- Daddy’s Promise, My Daddy’s Cancer & My Mommy’s Cancer.
Master Plowden is a 6th degree Black Belt and a five-time martial arts world champion. He brings over 30 years of martial arts experience and teaching to the Kids Kicking Cancer family. Richard has a Bachelors’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and is the owner of Plowden’s Championship Martial Arts. He serves as well as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.
Hillery brings over 30 years of experience in Philanthropic Development, Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Serving as a National Major Gifts Officer at City of Hope for seven years, Hillery developed chapters, industry groups and most significantly, major gifts and grants in the Chicagoland area. Prior to her tenure at City of Hope, Hillery served as Development Officer at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago for eleven years, working first in the Industry Divisions and then on the Major Gifts Team. Previous to her not-for-profit experience, Hillery worked both as an entrepreneur in digital outdoor advertising and as a Marketing Manager at Zenith Electronics Corporation. Hillery holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and majored in marketing at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.